Mathematics - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Mathematics.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Ability to construct and evaluate arguments with scientific and quantitative components
  • An understanding of how to effectively reveal and explain patterns using numerical information
  • Knowledge of how mathematical and scientific models can change perceptions of the world and the social implications these perceptions have on actions and decision-making
  • The background to try to understand and interpret the world using a mathematical model
  • Skills to examine streams of data in an attempt to discover properties which could predict future data
  • The ability to find general patterns within specific problems to enhance an understanding of key issues
  • The skills to study data for the purpose of establishing causes and effect or co-relational relationships
  • Knowledge of how to construct systems and models to simulate situations for testing purposes
  • Skills in creating theoretical models and simulations for use in interpreting/understanding information
  • An understanding of the process for testing ideas (hypothesis) to determine risk and cost/benefit factors

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Account Executive
Accounting Analyst
Air Traffic Controller
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
Bank Examiner
Business Analyst
Buyer/Assistant Buyer
Claims Adjuster
Commodities Manager/Broker
Cost Estimator/Analyst
Credit Analyst
Cryptologist/Code Designer
Data Control Administrator
Database Manager
Finance Auditor
Financial Analyst
Financial Awards Officer
Financial Manager
Information Technologist
Insurance Agent/Broker
Inventory Controller
Investment Analyst
Investment Manager
Loan/Mortgage Officer
Market Research Analyst
Media Buyer
Medical Records Technician
Merchandise Manager
Mortgage Researcher
Operations Manager
Operations Research Analyst
Opinion Researcher
Payroll Administrator
Programming Analyst
Project Analyst
Public Health Statistician
Purchasing Agent
Purchasing Co-ordinator
Quality Assurance
Risk Management Analyst
Securities Analyst/ Broker
Sports Statistician
Sports/Entertainment Agent
Statistical Analyst
Statistical Programmer
Systems Administrator/
Systems Level Designer
Technical Salesperson
Technical Writer
Telecommunications Specialist
Urban Planner

Potential Employers

Accounting Firms
Banks/Financial Institutions
Computer Software Developers
Data Management Companies
Insurance Companies
Opinion Researchers
Pharmaceutical Companies
Research Institutions
Technology Companies


Canadian Mathematical Society -
Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society -
Canadian Institute of Actuaries -
Be An Actuary -
Association for Women in Mathematics -
Math Jobs -
Statistical Society of Canada -
Canadian Securities Institute -
Canadian Security Traders Association, Inc.

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.


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